Hi paleopop, do you have a weak sphincter or a hiatal hernia or some other reason for your gerd.
I have a hiatal hernia which keeps sliding up and down , causing me to have periods of having chest pain or periods of having a burning esophagus and a sore throat. Therefore I choose the latter. With the chest pain comes periods of bloating after eating. I have tried many diets and settle for simple combinations of chicken, rice and porridge , fish . Being a fast food owner of Chinese takeaway and traditional English fish and chips can you imagine how insane this drives me sometimes as hardly 1 chip has passed my lips in almost 2 years. I am in negotiations with my surgeon to do the nissan fundoplication as all my problems had stemmed from this hernia in my opinion. It does settle over time but lifting, coughing, stomach bugs can anytime unsettle it.
I know then being on the drugs and then with time it settles and you think I can live with this just about and then suddenly it bounces up again.
I think at the end of the day, it's really your decision, you have to do what you feel what's right and there are no sure diets if you have a anatomical defect which needs repairing . It's just which method you choose .